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Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 180, Issue 1, pp 255–257 | Cite as

Anti-glycolipid GM2-positive Guillain–Barre syndrome due to hepatitis E infection

  • S. Cronin
  • R. McNicholas
  • E. Kavanagh
  • V. Reid
  • K. O’Rourke
Brief Report

Abstract

Background

Hepatitis E infection is most prevalent in developing countries with poor sanitation, but can also occur apparently sporadically in more developed areas.

Case

We here report a second European case of Guillain–Barre syndrome due to hepatitis E infection in association with anti-glycolipid GM2 antibody.

Interpretation

This is likely to be a specific association involving molecular mimicry, and further European cases can therefore be expected.

Keywords

Guillain–Barre syndrome Anti-glycoprotein antibodies Hepatitis E 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Cronin
    • 1
  • R. McNicholas
    • 1
  • E. Kavanagh
    • 2
  • V. Reid
    • 3
  • K. O’Rourke
    • 1
  1. 1.Dublin Neurological InstituteMater Misericordiae University HospitalDublin 7Ireland
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyMater Misericordiae University HospitalDublinIreland
  3. 3.Department of NeurophysiologyMater Misericordiae University HospitalDublinIreland

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